Review: Best Solution for Raynaud’s Gloves in 2022

Review: Best Solution for Raynaud’s Gloves in 2022

While there are many Raynaud's gloves on the market, few are effective and long-lasting.

If you are living with Raynaud’s disease, you know all too well the struggle of keeping your hands and fingers warm throughout the year, and most especially in the winter. It doesn’t matter if the temperature is mild, or even if you are indoors, it's hard to avoid painfully cold hands. 

Typically, those affected with Raynaud’s use gloves and mittens to keep their hands warm.  There are many products on the market, but they tend to be ineffective, expensive, poorly made, or too bulky for use at home.

But, what if there was a product out there that could turn any glove into a solution that meets your needs - reusable, well-made, long-lasting, environmentally-friendly, and most importantly, offers everlasting warmth? 

Best alternative solution for Raynaud's Gloves

If you’re looking for the best alternatives to Raynaud’s gloves, Aurora Heat might have just the right products for you. They offer a unique solution that will make you wish you found them a long time ago.

But before we get into the best products for managing Raynaud’s disease, here is an outline of this article:

What is Raynaud’s?

Raynaud’s disease (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon or Raynaud’s syndrome) is a relatively common condition where your body parts struggle to keep warm when under stress or when subjected to cold temperatures. The hands and feet are most commonly affected. 

People with mild cases of Raynaud’s can often manage their symptoms reasonably, but those with more severe cases will experience attacks more easily and more intensely.

Raynaud's sufferers struggle to keep hands warm 

During or after an attack, Raynaud’s sufferers often experience:

  • Pain, numbness, and tingling in the affected regions 
  • White fingers and toes, often turning blue
  • Painful and swollen hands when warmed
  • Sores on finger pads, in severe cases

We all know what it’s like to suffer from cold hands and feet from time-to-time, but people with Raynaud’s experience poor circulation on a whole different level.

What Causes Raynaud’s?

The root cause of Raynaud’s disease is unknown, although some people experience it as a result of another health condition, such as lupus or scleroderma.  When this happens, it is known as secondary Raynaud’s.  

However, regardless of the underlying cause, Raynaud’s manifests through the same mechanism each time: blood vessels spasm temporarily, blocking blood flow in the body. This affects the extremities most prominently. As mentioned, the hands and feet become painfully cold, turning white and sometimes blue, and then once the blood finally comes back, they will turn red.

If you have not already been diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease, and you are wondering if you have it, it’s important to get assessed by your doctor for a more comprehensive overview.

Raynaud's sufferers struggle to keep hands warm

How Can I Cure My Raynaud’s?

While there is no cure for Raynaud's, the condition can be managed in a few ways, depending on how severe it is for you:

  • Calcium channel blockers: these medications relax those tiny blood vessels in your hands and feet, allowing for steadier blood flow to the affected areas and thereby decreasing the frequency and severity of Raynaud’s attacks. 
  • Raynaud’s gloves and socks: these products help with retaining heat in your hands and feet, aiming to counteract poor circulation and alleviate pain associated with Raynaud’s.
    There are several products out there on the market, many of which fall short. But in this article, we will detail Aurora Heat’s unique options for Raynaud’s gloves - alternatives that meet your needs where other products cannot.
  • Chemical injections: for more severe cases of the disease, local anesthetics or onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) may be injected to block sympathetic nerves in affected regions, preventing the muscles from spasming and disrupting blood flow.
  • Nerve surgeries: sympathetic nerves control the widening and narrowing of blood vessels. For more extreme cases of Raynaud’s, sympathetic nerves are cut at the affected site(s) in order to minimize their exaggerated responses to cold and stress.
  • Lifestyle changes: these include avoiding exposure to cold temperatures and minimizing mental stress where possible.

That being said, a good pair of Raynaud’s gloves and socks are usually enough for milder cases of Raynaud’s.  However, finding the right pair is the hard part. There are many products on the market that promise respite, but as mentioned, they are either too costly, ineffective, poorly made, or impractical for everyday use.

Below, we detail the best alternatives to Raynaud’s gloves that are not only incredibly effective at keeping your hands and fingers warm, but are natural, well-made, practical, and not too expensive.

Best Alternative Solution to Raynaud's Gloves: fur-based hand warmers

How to Manage Raynaud’s Naturally: Sheared Beaver Fur

Yes, you read that right.  Beaver fur is traditionally used by Indigenous peoples to keep warm throughout the winters. The fur’s thick undercoat acts as an insulation layer, and is what keeps beavers warm as they go in and out of freezing waters in Northern Canada.   

Therefore, it only makes sense that when temperatures drop (sometimes to below -40 degrees), Indigenous peoples turn to wild fur for its inherent insulating properties.

Keeping warm with sustainable and ethically sourced wild fur products

With 10,000 fur filaments per square inch, body heat gets retained within the fur. Because of this, your body is less likely to perceive a change in temperature, so your blood vessels are less inclined to spasm in response to the cold.  And, if they do spasm and blood flow is temporarily blocked, the soft texture may play a role in recovery.  Nonetheless, heat is so effectively retained, that the fur maintains a comfortable temperature despite any decreased blood flow or cold triggers.

So, how can you benefit from this remarkable yet natural concept? Aurora Heat offers many fur-based products that provide long-lasting warmth, wherein the most popular ones for managing Raynaud’s include their hand, thumb, and foot warmersThey are simply inserted inside any pair of mittens or socks, keeping you warm in the face of poor circulation.

Aurora Heat also offers fur-based wrist and ankle warmers, which can keep some Raynaud's sufferers warm without the need for gloves or socks.  In other words, your fingers and toes are free when wearing them! This is especially practical for those who suffer from poor circulation indoors, or when performing tasks that require dexterity, like typing, writing, gardening or any form of labour.  It’s also helpful for those with co-morbidities such as arthritis. 

Sheared beaver fur has many other attractive qualities that make it stand out against competitors:

  • Non-toxichypoallergenic, and biodegradable: providing a comfortable experience for all without disposables and harm to the environment
  • Reusable and cost-effective: no concern of them falling apart, running out of heat or battery-power, or needing to upgrade after frequent use, unlike most other Raynaud’s gloves
  • Practical and versatile: beaver fur can be used in many ways, providing a wide product selection for those afflicted with Raynaud’s in a variety of capacities
  • Excellent return on investment: the first Aurora Heat sheared beaver fur warmers were purchased in 2015, and they are still in use to this day, providing everlasting warmth

    Year after year, there is a growing number of people in search of relief from Raynaud’s, and they report significant satisfaction after purchasing Aurora Heat products. Considering their wide range of products, we're quite certain that you will find a solution just right for you and how your Raynaud's presents.

    But Are Wild Fur Products Sustainable & Ethical?

    Sustainability has become a pressing concern at the forefront of our minds.  We are called to pay more attention to the products we consume and do our best to minimize our negative impact on the environment.

    With this in mind, you might be wondering whether fur-based warmers are sustainable.  It is important to note that Aurora Heat's products are made with fur harvested from the wild meaning that the beavers are neither domesticated nor farmed.

    Wild fur harvesting is sustainable and ethical

    In traditional wild fur harvesting practices, Indigenous trappers are very attuned with nature and the balance of the ecosystem. Sustainable practices are carried out as follows:

    • Beavers reproduce in large litters, wherein overpopulation is common.
    • When this happens, populations plummet as beavers compete against each other for resources.  
    • Through careful monitoring, fur harvesters help maintain healthy beaver population sizes.

    Overall, this helps to maintain ecosystem balance and cultivates the abundance of beavers in the longer term.  

    Indigenous practices are also not wasteful. In deep respect for their life, the whole animal is put to use, ensuring nothing goes to waste. Since beaver meat is so nourishing, Indigenous peoples will often feed themselves when harvesting. They will also return the carcass to the land, providing nourishment for other wild animals to thrive. 

    While animal harvesting is a traditional and sustainable practice, ethics is still considered. The fur industry is well-regulated in Canada. Aurora Heat participates in the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur™ (GMVF) program, which preserves the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples while complying with the International Agreement of Humane Trapping Standards. 

    In summary, buying products made from wild fur is favorable in many ways:

    • It minimizes chemical and toxic waste in landfills
    • It honors traditional Indigenous practices and culture
    • It gives value to Indigenous and local economies 

    When you purchase reusable fur warmers, you are reducing the need for single-use products or products made unsustainably.

    Top 3 Solutions for Raynaud’s Gloves 

    Now that you’re informed on the benefits and effectiveness of sheared beaver fur for everlasting warmth, let us go into more detail about the best products for managing Raynaud’s disease in your hands, and how they compare against other Raynaud’s gloves on the market. Or, if you're interested in a solution for your feet, you can check out Aurora Heat's best alternative products for Raynaud’s socks.

    1. Reusable Hand Warmers

    Aurora Heat's reusable Hand Warmers are perfect for the outdoors. They are breathable and odor resistant, allowing for a comfortable experience. 

    Reusable hand warmers as a highly effective alternative to Raynaud's gloves

    Their passive warming system is remarkable at keeping your hands and fingers warm. Simply insert them into your gloves or mittens with the fur-side to your skin for ultimate insulation. Since the fur has been sheared to an optimal height, they do not feel bulky, providing a best fit in any pair of mitts.

    Alternatively, slip them inside your pockets for warmth when indoors or idle. If you find your hands getting cold at home, place them in your pockets and hold onto these ultra soft warmers. Within seconds, you’ll feel your hands and fingers start to warm.

    Features & Benefits

    Reusable and ultra soft Available in multiple sizes
    Nontoxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable Slim & Regular thicknesses available
    Provides everlasting warmth Easy to use 
    Cost-effective (starting at $59.99) Suitable both outdoors and indoors
    Sheared to an optimal height (not bulky when inserted into gloves or mittens) Adds extra warmth to any gloves, mittens or pockets!

    Why this Option is Better than Other Products on the Market

    • Reusable and everlasting
      • Excellent return on investment
      • No concern of them falling apart, running out of heat or batteries, or needing an upgrade

    • Sustainable and made from natural materials
      • Unlike other Raynaud’s gloves made with synthetic fleece or non-renewable copper or silver

    • Practical and versatile
      • Can be used in any pair of gloves or mittens
      • Most Raynaud’s gloves that are marketed for extreme conditions are bulky and costly (over $100) 

    • Suitable for occasional wet conditions
      • While you should avoid getting them wet regularly, simply lay flat to dry if they become damp

    • Easy to take care of 

    Many customers affected by Raynaud’s rave about this product. See what they say for yourself:

    Customer Review of fur-based Hand warmers - Best Alternative Product to Raynaud's Gloves
    Customer Review of fur-based Hand warmers - Best Alternative Product to Raynaud's Gloves

    And if you’re looking for longer warmers to fold over top of your fingers, check out their Ultra Hand Warmers designed just for that. They are another favorite amongst those with Raynaud’s:

    Customer Review of fur-based Ultra Hand Warmers - Best Alternative Product to Raynaud's Gloves

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    2. Reusable Wrist Warmers

    Aurora Heat's reusable Wrist Warmers are perfect for those afflicted with Raynaud’s or poor circulation indoors or outdoors. The beauty of these Wrist Warmers is that they keep your hands free while still providing comfort and warmth - no more bulky gloves getting in the way of getting work done! 

    Reusable wrist warmers as a highly effective alternative to Raynaud's gloves

    Having these fur-based warmers on your wrist helps keep heat circulating to your hands, even though your hands and fingers aren’t covered themselves. Just pull them over your hand and they fit snugly on your wrists. The result: warm hands and fingers as you engage in everyday activities!

    The Wrist Warmers are also just as suitable for outdoor activities.  Want to get some gardening done, but need good dexterity while doing so? Typical Raynaud’s gloves might restrict your movement, but it’s hard to go without them if you want to avoid a painful Raynaud’s attack. Enter the Wrist Warmers: slip them on and let them work wonders with their passive warming system. You’ll appreciate having  dexterity to do your work!

    Features & Benefits

    Reusable and ultra soft Available in multiple sizes
    Nontoxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable
    Suitable for outdoors and indoors
    Provides everlasting warmth Easy to use 
    Cost-effective (starting at $99.99) Elastic enclosure (perfect fit for all)
    Frees your hands and finger (perfect for tasks requiring dexterity: typing, writing, gardening, using your phone) Warms the blood that travels to your hands and fingers for consistent and regulated warmth!

    Why this Option is Better than Other Products on the Market

    • Reusable and everlasting
      • Excellent return on investment
      • No concerns of them falling apart, running out of heat or batteries, or needing an upgrade
    • Sustainable and made from natural materials
      • Unlike other Raynaud’s gloves made with synthetic fleece or non-renewable copper or silver
    • Suitable for everyday tasks that require dexterity
      • Simple and subtle
      • Most Raynaud’s gloves marketed for the indoors are bulky, not allowing your fingers to move easily
      • The same is true for Raynaud’s gloves marketed for outdoors

    Customers affected by Raynaud’s love this product. Aurora Heat is so confident you’ll love them too, that they offer a 1-year happiness guarantee.

    Customer Review of fur-based Wrist Warmer - Best Alternative Product to Raynaud's Gloves

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    3. Reusable Thumb Warmers

    Reusable thumb warmers as a highly effective alternative to Raynaud's gloves

    For some milder cases of Raynaud’s, one finger is predominantly affectedTo improve circulation and warmth at the site, try Aurora Heat's reusable Thumb Warmers. They are their smallest design, yet highly effective. 

    Just fold it over top of your finger before guiding your hand into your glove or mitten. Once inside, it is kept in place due to the grippy texture of the leather side. Note that when using the warmer for a finger other than the thumb, you’ll need gloves (not mittens) to keep it in place.


    Features & Benefits 

    Reusable and ultra soft
    Cost-effective ($24.99)
    Nontoxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable Easy to use - for any finger
    Provides everlasting warmth Suitable both outdoors and indoors
    Sheared to an optimal height (not bulky when inserted into gloves or mittens) Thick, Slim & Regular thicknesses available 

    Why this Option is Better than Other Products on the Market

    • Reusable and everlasting
      • Excellent return on investment
      • No concerns of them falling apart, running out of heat or batteries, or needing an upgrade

    • Sustainable and made from natural materials
      • Unlike other Raynaud’s gloves made with synthetic fleece or non-renewable copper or silver

    • Practical and versatile
      • Can be used in any pair of gloves or mittens
      • Most Raynaud’s gloves that are marketed for extreme conditions are bulky and costly (over $100)

    • Suitable for occasional wet conditions
      • While you should avoid getting them wet regularly, simply lay flat to dry if they become damp

    • Easy to take care of 

    And for those who still want the warming benefits from the Hand Warmers, customers often combine them with their Thumb Warmers for the ultimate experience of warmth.

    Customer Review of fur-based thumb warmers - Best Alternative Product to Raynaud's Gloves
    Customer Review of fur-based thumb warmers - Best Alternative Product to Raynaud's Gloves

    Shop Reusable Thumb Warmers 

    Bonus: Reusable Bundles

    Aurora Heat offers a range of products to keep your hands and fingers comfortably warm. You might start with one product, then find it so effective that you get another.  

    Reusable hand, foot, thumb, head, and body warmers as highly effective alternatives to Raynaud's gloves and socks

    For those who foresee the need for warm hands, feet and head/body parts, Aurora Heat offers a Traditional Bundle starting at $214.99 (and often discounted), which includes:

        - Hand Warmers
       
    Foot Warmers
        -  Thumb Warmers
        - 
    Head & Body Warmer

      They come in various sizes, so you can mix and match sizes where needed.



      See what other customers afflicted with Raynaud’s have to say about the bundles:

      Customer Review of the Traditional Bundle - best alternative products to Raynaud's gloves
      Customer Review of the Traditional Bundle - best alternative products to Raynaud's gloves

       

      If you're looking for products for children, Aurora Heat also offers hand and foot warmers in kid sizes.  They've bundled each of these products into a Kids Bundle as well, often offered at a discount!

      A child with her fur-based warmer up against her face, keeping her warm despite Raynaud's

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      Compare & Review

      For your review, here is a table summarizing the different benefits across Aurora Heat's fur-based warmers:

      Product

      Reusable?

      Sizes:

      Thickness

      Good for:

      Cost:*

      Hand Warmers

      Yes - everlasting warmth*

      Small
      Large

      Ultra**

      Regular
      Slim 

      Outdoor and indoor warmth

      Starting at $59.99

      Wrist Warmers

      Yes - everlasting warmth*

      Extra Small
      Small
      Medium
      Large

      One thickness

      Outdoor and indoor warmth (gardening, typing, using your phone)

      Starting at $99.99

      Thumb Warmers

      Yes - everlasting warmth*

      One size

      Slim
      Regular
      Thick

      Outdoor warmth

      $24.99 

      *  = their first products from 2015 are still in use, lasting upwards of 8 years 
      ** = different product altogether; longer in length offering more warmth

      Putting it All Together

      We recognize how frustrating it can be to live with Raynaud’s. Navigating all the products on the market can be exhausting, especially when you must consider several factors in addition to effectiveness, like cost, material, durability, and practicality.  

      With Aurora Heat's reusable and fur-based warmers, product testing for your Raynaud's symptoms ends here! Combine them with any pair of gloves, mittens or socks, and you’re all set.

      Best alternative to Raynaud's gloves - reusable, fur-based hand warmers

      Visit their website to learn more and browse their full range of products. If you have any further questions, Aurora Heat's team welcomes you to get in touch via their contact form

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      About the Author:

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      Andrea Di Lorenzo, BSc 
      Andrea is an experienced scientist in the field of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She has several years of experience studying the molecular mechanism underlying chronic diseases. She was honored to write about the positive effects of Aurora Heat's fur-based warmers for Raynaud's disease, as the science behind it is truly fascinating to her!